Tsai Says Taiwan ‘Needs to Resist Pressure from China’

Some Chinese critics argue that President Tsai’s open letter to the DPP constitutes a ‘declaration of war’ on China.

The News Lens
Date: 2016/09/30
By: Hsu Chia-yu

An open letter by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members

Photo Credit: Reuters/達志影像

Photo Credit: Reuters/達志影像

posted on the party’s official website on Sept. 29 has sparked accusations in some circles in China that the president has “declared war” on China.

In the letter, published a day after the 30th anniversary of the party’s founding, Tsai wrote, “We need to resist pressure from China and develop relations with other countries,” and “we need to stop being overly dependent on China and build a healthy, normal economic relationship.”

The responses to the letter were varied.

in a Facebook post on Sept. 30, Kuomintang (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) argued that the open letter showed “the Constitution of the Republic of China (ROC) was a burden for Tsai,” adding that “if Tsai doesn’t recognize the country, then she is unqualified to be the president of the ROC.”     [FULL  STORY]

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